‘Once upon a time, the largest
A recent Bloomberg article
described Mayor Bing's plan to eliminate nearly half
Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.
As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can’t afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing’s plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Maintenance would be contracted out, saving the city $10 million a year.
What this means is that there are going to be a lot of neighborhoods that will have the lights turned off permanently.
So which neighborhoods will those be?
to one top
have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your
population,” said Chris Brown,
City officials know that they cannot force people to move from "distressed areas", so they are going to encourage them to leave by cutting off services.
turning off the lights is not the only way that
It is so sad to see what is happening to what was once such a great city.
in the old days,
53.6% of all children in the city of
in the old days,
47 percent of all people living in the
in the old days, middle class neighborhoods sprouted like mushrooms all over
the median price of a home in
to say, crime is exploding in
have taken justice into their own hands. Justifiable homicide in
example, a recent article by Jim Quinn entitled "More Than 30 Blocks Of Grey And Decay" described the filth, decay and
The real unemployment rate exceeds 50%, murder is the number one industry, with drugs a close second.
As you drive down the 30 Blocks of Squalor you meet the ghost of Squalor future for West Chester Pike. The population along this corridor is ignorant, dependent, and represents the dregs of our society.
But this area was once home to middle class families. There were once many beautiful homes in West Philly, but most of them are now either gone or are crumbling badly. According to Quinn, the physical decay is matched by the social decay....
The once proud homes are in shambles. Bags of garbage dot the landscape. Most of the people who live here are parasites on society. Personal responsibility, work ethic, education and marriage are unknown concepts in this community. Even though more than 50% of the students in West Philly drop out of high school and the SAT scores of West Philly High students are lower than whale ****, the bankrupt school district spent $70 million to build a new high school/prison to babysit derelicts and future prison inmates. The windows do not have steel bars yet, as the architect was smart to put all windows at least eight feet above street level.
One of the great things about the article is that Quinn pointed out how the retail stores in the area reflect the things that the population of the community truly values....
there are communities like this all over the country. As I wrote about recently, the entire state of
Yes, there are still a few areas where the wealthy play that are absolutely beautiful. If you stay in the wealthy enclaves you might never even know that the rest of the state is badly decaying.
are really good reasons why millions of people are moving out of
am a native Californian ( Im
61) and have lived here all but two years of my life. I can tell you absolutely
that this state is not what it was 30 years ago. Cities like
Throughout the state, good businesses are shutting down and hard working families are selling their homes. The void that is being created is being filled by crime and gangs. The following is a comment that a reader named Roberta left on that same article....
we lived in
Perhaps things are still quite good where you live.
Perhaps you think that you will be immune from all this.
Sadly, the truth is that this is just the beginning.
our debt-fueled prosperity ends, a lot more cities are going to end up looking
America cannot prosper without middle class jobs, and those kinds of jobs are rapidly disappearing.
Just this week HP announced that it is going to lay off 27,000 workers.
We are losing middle class jobs at a time when we desperately need more of them.
Last year, 53 percent of all Americans with a bachelor's degree under the age of 25 were either unemployed or underemployed.
Yet our politicians continue to pursue the same foolish policies over and over.
things are going to continue to get worse and
You better get ready.